Nice is a beautiful city on the coast of the Mediterranean in the South of France. It’s convenient for American visitors as Delta operates flights direct from New York and Los Angeles. The city is often just used as a gateway to Cannes and other areas of the South of France but we’ve had some very enjoyable experiences there. Here’s my guide for a nice stay in Nice:
Getting to Nice Because nearby Cannes is one of Europe’s biggest convention destinations, Nice is served directly by Delta from New York and Los Angeles. There are also multiple daily flights from every major European city. To get into the city from the airport, we usually take the Lignes D’Azur bus, which is 6 EURO. Follow the bus signs from baggage claim and buy your ticket at the booth at the airport exit.
Stay at the beach The Holiday Inn Resort Nice – Saint Laurent Du Var is right on the beach. It’s a beautiful, curving building with all the amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The location is perfect, only minutes from the harbor and Saint Laurent seafront area. Guests have access to a private beach and can walk to some good shopping and dining areas. Rates start around 234 EURO per night.
Dine in style Le Chantecler restaurant at the prestigious Hotel Negresco is a palace of gastronomy in one of the city’s beautiful palatial grand hotels. The hotel has been one of the best in the world for 100 years and the two Michelin-starred restaurant never disappoints. The 15,000 bottle wine cellar is one of the best on the French Riviera.
Visit Matisse Artist Henri Matisse called Nice his home from 1918 to 1954 and he left a great deal of his incredible personal art collection to the city. That collection from Matisse makes the foundation for the Matisse Museum of Nice, located on the Cimiez hill of the city.
The Nice of Ancient Rome The city’s Archeological Museum is also located on the Cimiez hill and presents a thorough history of Nice’s ancient past. The past can also be visited at the famous amphitheater of Nice, one of the best preserved in the world.
Ted Sherman has spent a lifetime traveling. With journeys to every continent, almost 100 cruises and multiple group tours, he enjoys sharing his travel experiences and knowledge with others. Follow Ted on Twitter, @travel4seniors and on his travel blog, travel4seniors.
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